The big one in New South Wales this weekend is the Sydney Cup 2013 at Randwick Racecourse where a good line-up of 11 stayers will come face-to-face in one of the last remaining genuine two mile showdowns in Australia – our insider tips and betting selections for which are detailed below.
The $500,000 Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) is scheduled this Saturday as Randwick Race 6 at 3:35pm (AEST) as one of four Group 1 showdowns on a crack card for the last major Sydney Autumn Racing Carnivalmeeting.
Steady favourite in the Sydney Cup odds is the Chris Waller-trained Kellini who has been in great form all prep including their last start win at the track seven days earlier.
Paying $3.20 to win their first 3200m feature after a gallant fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup Kelinni certainly looks good for the short back-up and the distance but there are a number of other genuine chances in the mix.
According to the bookies the biggest dangers to this year’s Sydney Cup betting favourite are the Hawkes-trained Maluckyday ($4.60) on the rails, last start Chairman’s Handicap winner Tremec ($8) and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Julienas ($8.50)?
This is what the odds say but after publishing our detailed Sydney Cup 2013 Form Guide & Betting Preview earlier the Races.com.au team is tipping a slightly different result.
#8 Tremec ($8)
- Super consistent horse having won four of their past five and ready to step it up in this
- No bad gate in an 11-horse field over 3200m so barrier nine presents no problems
- Gets in with just 54.5kg whereas the favourite Kelinni carries 57kg
- Winner of the Group 2 Chairman’s Quality (2600m) last start which appears the right form line for this race with four of the past five Sydney Cup winners have come via it
- Five horses in the past decade have also taken out the Chairman’s Quality – Sydney Cup double
- Most consistent horse in the field with a good win rate of 40%
- Distance looks no issue and looks an honest stayer based on the pace in the Chairman’s last start and his ability to finish off there
#4 Kelinni ($3.20)
- Favourites have a good recent record in the race with six wins in the past 10 years
- Proven over the distance running a good fourth in the Melbourne Cup last year
- Second highest Win Rate of the field with 37.5%
- Comes off two good runs having finished fourth in The BMW – the same race and position last year’s Sydney Cup winner Niwot came via – and their Listed JRA Plate win over the 2000m here last Saturday
- Carried 60kg in the JRA Plate on a Heavy (10) and will relish the firmer ground, drop back to 57kg and the extra distance all provided to them
- Need to handle a seven day back-up but proved they could when fourth in the MC after a Lexus Stakes win three days earlier in the spring
- Didn’t beat much last time out however so their victory there could be a bit overrated
#6 Blood Brotha ($10)
- Underrated last start, their first in Australia in a 49-start career, when running a slashing second to Tremec in the Chairman’s as a $100 roughie
- Will improve off that going up to the two miles and having had a run down under now
- Gets in well with the weights on 55.5kg which is the same they carried in the Chairman’s and the same weight Niwot won the Sydney Cup with 12 months ago
- Good gate three draw with Michael Rodd staying on
- Winner of the NZ Cup by 6.5 lengths last November over the 3200m which was their second win over the two miles from five starts
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change